When thinking of HBO’s ever popular show, Sex and the City, you cannot help but think about how the city clearly shaped the show for these women. The four main characters of the show, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte, were all driven women living in the city. It is interesting to consider how much the show would have changed say the setting were, Auburn, Alabama. The city, as in many things, is what drives the women in both Sex in the City and Skyscraper and allows them to have elaborate and eccentric lives all in the same city.
While reading Faith Baldwin’s Skyscraper, I was drawn (due to the back of the book) to consider “Skyscraper to be the Sex and the City of it’s time”. While I could make comparison’s in more than just Carrie and Lynn, those are the two character’s I will discuss throughout this post . In HBO’s bio of Carrie Bradshaw, it has a quote of hers that says, “The only thing I’ve ever successfully made in the kitchen is a mess. And several small fires” (HBO.com). It is interesting because although this quote says nothing about sex or the city, it shows how for Carrie, the kitchen was not her place. Like Lynn, Carrie thrived on being a successful businesswoman on her own and when it came to being a wife and a mother she had slim to none interest. She makes a living talking about love, sex, and everything in between. Her income depends on her ability to make the city seem like the most appealing place to fall in love, and she is quite good at it. Lynn did not want to leave the work force, not even for a man. What in today’s world one would call her wise, she could have been completely ridiculed for this fact in the time she was growing up in. Similar to Aidan after Carrie in the TV series, Lynn had a man that was willing to marry her, but even the temptation of living happy with someone she loved could not give her the push she needed to quit her job.
As mentioned earlier, if the settings of Sex and the City and Skyscraper were Auburn, Alabama, the story lines would be drastically different, especially for Lynn growing up in the era that she did. It was hard enough in her time at her age to be accepted in the work force. It was one thing for Lynn to be working out in in the public eye in a larger city, but if she had been trapped in a small town, she would probably have had plenty more judging eyes on her for choosing work over marriage. The city is a place that allows for more things to be accepted. It allows for Carrie Bradshaw to be a wildly successful author of a racy sex column and for Lynn the city allows her to step out of the norm and be a working woman in the city willing to give up marriage, or at least postpone it, to continue with her career.
Skyscraper, Faith Baldwin